March 16, 2020

Caring for our community during COVID-19

COVID19 update

We care about you, your family, and our community's well-being. Our mission to build hope, assets, and self-reliance is now more important than ever. 

We have much work to do in the coming days, weeks, and months, and resident support will be crucial. If you are in a position to support emergency services to our community, please consider a donation. 



If you have questions or want to know how you can support our efforts, please call Dinah Swain, Sr. Director of Development and External Affairs at 651-955-9390 or


We acknowledge that this is a very fluid situation and that open communication is critical. We are committed to keeping all of our stakeholders as informed as possible. Please check back for updates to PPL programs and operations. 


Updated Monday, March 16, 2020


As of Wednesday, March 18, PPL offices, including the main Administration Building, the Career Center, and our Alternative High Schools will be closed until further notice.

Staff will be working remotely, with the exception of essential personnel in the Administration Building and key housing sites, and can be contacted via email. 


The following PPL programs and events have been either canceled or postponed.

  • Ready for Success End of Season Sale (3/19 - 3/21) - CANCELED

  • Volunteer Appreciation Party (4/16) - POSTPONED

  • Annual PPL Fundraising Breakfast (5/6) - POSTPONED until the fall

  • LNAS & MERC Alternative High Schools - Buildings CLOSED per MPS school closures

  • Career Training Information Sessions (Mondays @ 9am) - CANCELED

  • Tutor-Mentor Volunteer Shifts (ongoing) - CANCELED

  • March Career Center Workshops (ongoing) - CANCELED

  • Resident Services (Scholars Tutoring, 12 Step Programming; ongoing) - CANCELED


Regarding future events - we will continue to monitor the situation and announce updates accordingly. Event guests and program participants will be updated as plans are finalized.



COVID-19 Hotline

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline; Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm


Hmong Resources

Mental Health Resources

Food Shelves - Minneapolis

Community Emergency Services (CES) Food Shelf: Tuesday - Thursday, 10:30am - 4pm

Food Shelves - St. Paul

Salvation Army: Monday - Friday, 1pm - 3pm

Francis Basket Food Shelf: 10am - 12pm, 2pm - 4pm

Keystone Community Services Midway Food Shelf: Monday - Friday, 10am - 11:30am, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Neighborhood House Food Shelf: Monday - Friday, 10am - 12pm, 2pm - 4pm

Department of Indian Work - a program of Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul:
651-789-3849, APPOINTMENT ONLY; Monday, 2pm - 6pm; Tuesday - Thursday, 10am - 2pm

Contact PPL